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Not-so-super Saturday — Osaka, Serena both out early again

[ad_1] MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. -- Eight-time tournament champion Serena Williams never played a point in a Miami Open tennis match on Saturday, while top-seeded Naomi Osaka probably feels like she had never played so many -- nor such bizarre ones. Yet within 90 minutes of each other, both women were out of this final tournament of the U.S. hardcourt swing.It's the second time in less than two weeks that the
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Court case details funding sources for softball team that paid first million-dollar contract

[ad_1] THE PROFESSIONAL SOFTBALL team owner whose franchise offered the sport's first million-dollar player contract has funded his endeavors by abusing his position as director of a Houston science museum, filings in a federal lawsuit allege.Joel Bartsch, owner of the former National Pro Fastpitch league's Scrap Yard Dawgs, is also accused of working with USA Softball, the sport's governing body, to improperly influence which players are selected for the U.S.
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Buccaneers hire 2 female assistant coaches

[ad_1] The Buccaneers have hired Lori Locust and Maral Javadifar, the first full-time female coaches in franchise history, making Tampa Bay the first NFL team with two female coaches on staff.Locust is an assistant defensive line coach, and Javadifar is an assistant strength and conditioning coach, the team announced."I know how hard it can be to get that first opportunity to coach at the highest level of professional football," Buccaneers
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Picassos, DJs and a football stadium — Inside the new Miami Open

[ad_1] MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. -- On opening day of the Miami Open, John Smith quickly walked through the West Lawn area as he explored his options. Smith passed a stand operated by one of Miami's most popular steakhouses and strolled by a champagne lounge before settling into the cushioned seats outside a fancy establishment offering wine and sushi."This is fantastic," said Smith, who lives in nearby Fort Lauderdale. "I think
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Kraft files motion to suppress evidence

[ad_1] Attorneys for New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft filed a motion Wednesday to suppress evidence -- notably the video evidence -- in his solicitation of prostitution case, according to a source.The motion is an effort to make sure that the surveillance video, described as graphic and damning, isn't released if he doesn't reach a plea deal with prosecutors. It also is a warning shot to prosecutors that Kraft's legal
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Kraft files motion to suppress evidence

[ad_1] Attorneys for New England Patriots' owner Robert Kraft filed a motion Wednesday to suppress evidence -- notably the video evidence -- in his solicitation of prostitution case, according to a source.The motion is an effort to make sure that the surveillance video, described as graphic and damning, isn't released if he doesn't reach a plea deal with prosecutors. It also is a warning shot to prosecutors that Kraft's legal
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Inside the cage and out, Iraqi refugee Randa Markos knows not to give up the fight

[ad_1] The first time Iraqi-Canadian MMA fighter Randa Markos threw a punch, it was in a small ring in her high school in Windsor, Canada. It was after school, and she'd walked into a wrestling practice. She felt her entire body fill with joy -- there was something incredibly cathartic and freeing about the act.She ran home right after, needing to tell her parents what she'd just experienced."No, you're a
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March Madness — Will the upsets continue at the Miami Open?

[ad_1] Eleven women had a shot at emerging from the Australian Open holding the No. 1 world ranking. Indian Wells champion Bianca Andreescu was not one of them.Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Stan Wawrinka, each of whom has won multiple Grand Slam singles titles, competed at Indian Wells the past two weeks. Dominic Thiem won the title -- his first Masters 1000 triumph.In a tournament full of upsets,
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Indian Wells champs Andreescu, Thiem prove ‘anything is possible’

[ad_1] INDIAN WELLS, Calif. -- If Dominic Thiem needed a reminder that anything was possible before his stunning three-set upset of 20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer in the men's final of the BNP Paribas Open on Sunday, 18-year-old Bianca Andreescu provided that pep talk.With her 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 win over three-time Slam champion Angelique Kerber earlier in the day, Andreescu became the first wildcard to win the prestigious Indian
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Federer, Nadal win to set up 39th career meeting

[ad_1] INDIAN WELLS, Calif. -- It's Federer vs. Nadal again, only this time it'll be in the semifinals of the BNP Paribas Open.Roger Federer beat Hubert Hurkacz 6-4, 6-4 and Rafael Nadal got by Karen Khachanov 7-6 (2), 7-6 (2) on Friday to set up the old rivals' 39th career meeting and first in 16 months.Neither Federer nor Nadal has dropped a set in four matches in the desert. Federer